Deal to improve jobs, wages for disabled in R.I.


Shelley Gallivan, foreground, peers into a friend’s tipped-over Smart car on the corner of Prospect and Coso avenues in San Francisco on Monday. City police are investigating why four Smart vehicles were flipped over during an apparent early morning vandalism spree. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
April 8
RHODE ISLAND
Deal to improve jobs, wages for disabled

The Justice Department and Rhode Island on Tuesday agreed that federal officials will ensure that developmentally disabled residents of the New England state have the opportunity to work at real jobs where they earn at least minimum wage.

The deal, which federal officials said was the first of its kind in the nation, will help about 2,700 residents of the state who have intellectual and developmental disabilities to progress out of sheltered state-run workshops, where they earned as little as 50 cents per hour performing menial labor, such as packaging jewelry and sorting buttons.

Under the settlement terms, Rhode Island will fund a program to move some workshop employees into regular jobs in the state that pay minimum wage and provide services to help them transition into
private-sector employment.

Tuesday’s settlement, filed in U.S. District Court in Providence, follows an investigation begun in January 2013 on whether Rhode Island’s workshop program violated the Americans With Disabilities Act.

— Reuters

NORTH CAROLINA
Marine kills fellow guard at Lejeune

A Marine standing guard at the main gate at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina shot and killed another guard Tuesday evening, authorities said. Base spokesman Nat Fahy said the shooting occurred at around 5:30 p.m.

A base news release said the shooting is not considered an act of terrorism and that there is no active gunman. The statement said the guard used an M4 rifle to kill the other guard. The identity of the two guards is being withheld until relatives are notified.

— Associated Press

MASSACHUSETTS
Obama’s aunt, who sought asylum, dies

An aunt of President Obama who was denied asylum in the United States but stayed illegally for years has died in Massachusetts. Zeituni Onyango was 61.

Cleveland lawyer Margaret Wong, who represented Onyango in her immigration case, said ­Onyango died Tuesday in a Boston rehabilitation center. She said Onyango was being treated for cancer and respiratory problems.

Onyango moved to the United States from Kenya in 2000 and was denied asylum by an immigration judge in 2004. She remained in the country illegally, living in Boston public housing. Her immigration status was revealed days before Obama’s election in 2008.

Onyango was a half sister of Obama’s late father. She was granted asylum in 2010 by a judge who said she could be in danger if she returned to Kenya because of her relationship with Obama.

— Associated Press

Sharpton says he helped FBI in ‘80s: The Rev. Al Sharpton admitted Tuesday that he helped the FBI investigate New York Mafia figures in the 1980s, even making secret recordings that appeared to help bring down a mob boss. But Sharpton, responding to a report posted Monday on the Smoking Gun’s Web site, insisted he never considered himself a confidential informant. A spokesman for the FBI’s New York office declined to comment Tuesday.

Woman found guilty in killing of Texas professor: A Texas jury found a woman guilty on Tuesday of beating her boyfriend to death with a 5-1/2-inch spike-heeled stiletto shoe during an argument after a night out drinking in June. Prosecutors said Ana Trujillo, 45, stabbed University of Houston professor Stefan Andersson, 59, about two dozen times in the face and head with the shoe. Lawyers for the woman had said she acted in self-defense against an alcohol-fueled assault.

Calif. senator pleads not guilty: Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to bribery and gun charges two weeks after he was arrested as part of an elaborate FBI sting involving undercover agents investigating political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate based in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

— From news services

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